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5 Things to Look for When Buying a Boat Cover

5 Things to Look for When Buying a Boat Cover
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Westland® uses industry standard materials and techniques to craft Select™ and Exact® Fit boat covers. Years of experience from Westland's team of design engineers and pattern craftsman has taught us that you cannot cut corners when it comes to protecting a boat.

“We’ve Gotcha Covered™” with our top 5 things to look for when buying a boat cover.

1: Nylon vs. Polyester

Westland® is the fabric expert. All material used is carefully considered and cross-examined with over 100 years of combined experience. Wisdom has taught the design engineers and pattern craftsman at Westland® that polyester is a superior material for a boat cover. Polyester is highly resistant to UV radiation and maintains structural integrity in high temperatures. To aid in UV protection, all yarn is dyed before sewn, which also helps with fade protection. Make sure thread and straps are made with polyester, not nylon, which breaks down in the sun.

2: Sewn-in vs. Glued

Glue will break down and fray your cover with prolonged exposure to the sun. The underside of a boat cover is just as important to the top, so Westland® sews in additional reinforcements at wear points, such as trolling motors and windshields. Fuzzy backed reinforcement is used for areas around the windshield. Made of polyurethane, which prevents scratching.

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3: Rope vs. Stretch Cord

Westland® covers achieve their snug fit with a heavy duty ¼” draw rope. Inferior boat covers use a stretch cord which is known to lose elasticity and results in a cover that loosely fits around a boat. Westland pairs the unbreakable rope with a strap kit assembly which boasts strong webbing and tough plastic locking buckles to distribute the load evenly. Westland reliable strap kit system will make your boat cover trailer-ready. Most boat covers are not trailer-ready and will rip when your boat needs it most.

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4: Proper Paneling

Westland® master sewers dart their covers accurately with over-lock and lock stitched techniques and thoughtfully position all panels so water runs away from the seams. Inferior boat covers do not take the time to position their panels, which causes water to run into the boats interior.

5: Mildew Prevention

Mildew prevention is a priority when it comes to protecting a boat, so each Westland® boat cover features two sewn in vents to decrease moisture and mildew build-up. For a finishing touch, Westland® removes all excess material which helps combat mildew and dirt build-up. Find out how to prevent mildew build-up.

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Westland® prides itself on providing a tight, perfect fit for 165 boat manufacturers and every boat style. All details, big and small, are carefully examined by a highly tenured staff of design craftsman to make sure your boat is protected for years to come.

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